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Europe Visitor Guide 2021: Everything you need to know

26 January, 2021by Bounce

Europe is the perfect continent for a week away or a lengthy road trip. Despite being the second smallest continent, Europe comprises around 50 different countries, making it easy to visit several different countries and major cities over a few days. From Ireland to Finland, Europe has a wide variety of cultures waiting for you to discover.

Europe's roots go back around 1,500 years to the fall of the Roman and Greek Empires towards the beginning of the Middle Ages. Europe's geography seems straightforward at first glance but becomes more confusing to the east, with countries like Russia, Turkey, and Cyprus, muddling the lines between Europe and Asia.

One of the world's most cosmopolitan continents, Europe is the perfect vacation destination for jetsetters looking to learn about ancient history and experience different cultures.  

A weekend in Europe

Planning a weekend away in Europe isn't easy—with so many beautiful cities to visit, you'll have trouble fitting everything in. Drop your bags off at a Europe luggage locker to make the most of your time, then consider planning a trip to one of these wonderful cities. 

  • Budapest: Hungary's capital is known for its postcard-perfect old town Buda, and Danube River views. Top attractions include Buda Castle, Heroes' Square, and St. Stephen's Basilica.

  • Paris: The chic city of Paris is one of Europe's top destinations, with many world-famous museums and landmarks. Climb to the top of the momentous Eiffel Tower, or marvel at the Mona Lisa while touring The Louvre.

  • London: Foggy old London town is a hodgepodge of different cultures, making it one of the best cities to experience Europe. Snap a pic with Big Ben, discover English history at the Tower of London, and see how royalty lives at Buckingham Palace.

  • Venice: The City of Canals is perfect for a romantic weekend with your significant other. With one a gorgeous cityscape, amazing art, and serene gondola rides, Venice is not to be missed. 

Europe lockers

With so much to do across Europe, you won't want to be slowed down by any heavy bags while exploring the continent's best cities. Bounce offers luggage storage service across Europe in most major cities. Simple and secure to use, these services will look after your bags while you make the most of each destination, whether you're in town on a long vacation or just for the day. Check in via the Bounce app and be free to explore the best of Europe.

Off the beaten path in Europe

Europe is the perfect hiking destination, with towering mountains, sublime landscapes, and dozens of untouched national parks. Stow your suitcases at a Europe luggage locker, and step off the beaten path into some of the world's greatest natural environments. 

  • Saxon Switzerland National Park: Consistently ranked among the best national parks in Europe, Saxon Switzerland National Park sits on the German and Swiss border and contains the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, perfect for hiking.

  • Triglav National Park: Slovenia's only national park, Triglav is ideal for skiing vacations and mountain climbing. Book a stay in the quaint resort town of Bled, and trek up Mount Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain. 

  • Vatnajokull National Park: Iceland is renowned for its awe-inspiring landscapes, and one of the best is at Vatnajokull National Park. The park takes its name from Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe outside the arctic circle.

What to do alone in Europe

Backpacking across Europe? Travel alone can be a bit daunting and knowing the friendliest cities with the best solo attractions goes a long way to ensuring you have a smooth trip. Book yourself in at a Europe luggage storage locker at your chosen destination so your bags are safe, and get ready for an exciting individual adventure. 

  • Dublin: Irish are notoriously friendly folk, and you're sure to have the craic during a visit to Dublin. Before making some new friends at a local pub, pay a visit to the Guinness Storehouse or Dublin Castle.

  • Amsterdam: A highly modern city, Amsterdam is regarded as ideal for solo travel, with tons of hostels, plenty of cheap eats, and a great social scene. Amsterdam is also home to some superb museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, and the Van Gogh Museum.

  • Copenhagen: The Danish are constantly ranked among the happiest people in Europe, and it's not hard to see why. With a very low crime rate, stunning harbor views, and dozens of vibrant historic buildings, Copenhagen is sure to delight all travelers.

The best souvenirs in Europe

With so many rich cultures and delicious delicacies dotted across Europe, you'll find dozens of fascinating mementos to choose from. Champagne and cheese from France, clogs from the Netherlands, and port wine from Portugal are all examples of typical souvenirs tourists pick up from across Europe. 

Many people pick up local food to remember their trip by; however, you may also want to pick up a more permanent nicknack. Connemara marble from Ireland makes for a unique souvenir, while jet setters in Italy might want to pick some famous Italian leatherware like a purse or belt. Warm-up during your trip to Norway with some traditional knitwear, or grab a Dala horse in Sweden to brighten up your mantel.

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